Ten Years of All Things Loud

Ten years ago today, on 31 December 2013, All Things Loud was founded by me – Jack Parker – following the closure of a Manchester-based online magazine (AlternativeReviews) I’d been writing for during high school. I found AlternativeReviews via a post on Enter Shikari’s Facebook wall (remember walls?) looking for writers. I reached out, did a few try out reviews and ended up becoming part of the team briefly until its founder Josh Kelly decided to move on.

By that point, I’d had a solid taste of what it was like to write about music, and I knew straight away that I wanted to pursue this properly. And so during an hour of boredom in my childhood bedroom on the final day of 2013, All Things Loud was born. You could even say that All Things Loud would not exist if it weren’t for Enter Shikari. What started as a way for me to continue writing (and eventually picking up photography) eventually grew to become what I believe was – and still is – the biggest English language music website in the Benelux. Please don’t fact check me on that.

In these first ten years, the All Things Loud team has grown substantially, featuring amazing photographers and writers from across the world. We’ve been able to cover shows as far away as Australia, as well as report from the prestigious likes of Rock am Ring (year after year), Riot Fest (a special shoutout is reserved for our long-serving American king, Christian Sarkine) and Glastonbury. The wonderful people involved with All Things Loud have been able to cover their favourite artists for you, while growing as people and professionals along the way. The majority of the team can count All Things Loud as (one of) the first music website(s) they worked for, before either moving on completely from ATL, working for big magazines or touring arenas with great new bands (I’m looking at you, Federica Burelli [on tour with Nova Twins]). In fact, our first ever team member – photographer Natasja de Vries – had never photographed a festival when we sent her to cover Rock am Ring. That was eight years ago, and the rest is history.

Having said that, though, it’s also important to note that it is tougher than ever to run a music website in an age where TikTok, Twitter (still not calling it X) and Instagram have become people’s main source of information or content. Music websites have to be constantly adapting, staying with the times and trying new things in the name of content and audience. At All Things Loud we’ve tried a bunch of things over the years, and we’re still figuring out what works best. A personal favourite thing we’ve done is launch the interview series Real Power Talk. Check out the first episode of. that – initially banned by management – below, featuring host Nigel America and Canadian loud rock band PUP. And a special shoutout to Steven Morgan (the brain behind Real Power Talk), who is an integral part of All Things Loud. A fellow shoutout to Marc Prodanovic, our photographer and now also the king of accreditation requests.

Anyway, before this turns into a ramble I guess what I want to say is this: thanks for reading, following, liking, sharing All Things Loud. It means a lot, and I/we really appreciate it. I also just want to say how much I appreciate and love everyone who’s part of the team, everyone is brilliantly talented and just fun to work with. There are too many names to mention, and I’ll probably end up accidentally leaving a few out. You know who you are – thanks. Hopefully I can write another one of these in 2033, who knows. For now, have a happy new year.